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    Re: Pointless Question of the Week #8

    Not really a 'decision' as such, but more of a trend of decisions by SMT here is to move stuff from A to B, then change their minds and put it back to A wasting our time, effort and ultimately our backs.

    For example: "oh can we have those 50 old pc's and monitors moved into this store cupboard in the space of 10 minutes?", "oh actually can we have it back in the area it was in?"

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    "Oh can we move all the old whiteboards that were in science into (for example) maths, and give science the new whiteboards maths had?"

    I can't wait for the riot from Maths (or whatever) over that one and the day we have to move them all back. They think these things are like carrying a sheet of A4 paper or something?

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    Re: Pointless Question of the Week #8

    My worst of late... buying 15 laptops without checking the battery life. To be fair when I did try to check after the fact neither the reseller nor the manufacturer website listed the battery life and I hadn't noticed when buying!

    That said, its now priority one whenever I look to buy laptops now!

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    Re: Pointless Question of the Week #8

    Having to put up with? A managerial decision to move away from CC3 to Vanilla, 2 weeks before our NM left and still with loads of kinks in the system that we could have avoided by staying on CC3

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    Re: Pointless Question of the Week #8

    If you need help with Vanilla windows network give us a shout Kerry, been working with it for 4 years now in our school

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    Re: Pointless Question of the Week #8

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexB
    My worst of late... buying 15 laptops without checking the battery life. To be fair when I did try to check after the fact neither the reseller nor the manufacturer website listed the battery life and I hadn't noticed when buying!

    That said, its now priority one whenever I look to buy laptops now!
    Acer?

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    Re: Pointless Question of the Week #8

    Site taken by me in 2003, with 250 systems, 20 of which were laptops. SIMS not out problem, Bromcom not out problem, telephones not our problem. Single site with 850 users and 120 staff. No serious WiFi, projectors or IWBs, .5 Meg Internet pipe. Lite website maintained of site.

    Maintained with three staff.

    Time passes, site grows until in 2006, we have 550 systems, 200 of which are laptops, and we have taken on SIMS, dumped Bromcom and rolled out to SIMS for registration, taken on all communications, Split site with 1200 users and 200 staff. Full WiFi across site, DECT across site, 35 Projectors & IWBs, 10meg Inet pipe. Full VLE with onsite Website systems. Full onsite WO system for job tracking & Room booking system.

    Maintained by five staff. with a combined 33 years of proper IT knowledge, a proper Webmiester, a proper security manager, a proper deputy doing 3rd line support and a proper 1st line helpdesk specialist.

    LEA & NCC demand cuts - despite 20 years of professional experience in the 'real' world saying this was the right size team - my team is cut to three.

    I quote: 'But why have you cut 1st line support and projector booking?'

    Still at least both of the leavers got better jobs in schools nearby. I cannot tell you the pure contempt I have for the people that thought this was the right thing to do, and the fact that far more has been wasted that it would have cost to keep them. Nor can I suitably explain my irritation for the line that MK schools only use three. So what - doesn't mean it is working properly, and it doesn’t mean that they were comparable schools.

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    Re: Pointless Question of the Week #8

    SMT ordering a full room of desks with PC's built in and motorised raising monitors, against our wish and advice.
    6 months of cut keyboards, mice and general nightmares with the product later, they make their next mistake

    They order 32 more
    So now we've got 2 rooms full of these awful machines that are so much hassle to get up and down they are left up 90% of the time, so they could have just bought normal desktop PC's that would have saved them a fortune and would be far easier to support

    A close second, or perhaps even worse, is the previous NM ordering machines with only 256MB RAM (2 * 128MB sticks just to make it more fun) up until easter 2005

    Also the sudden rush by every department to buy wireless laptops before they had actually seen what real world performance was like. They all expected machines that are as quick as wired ones. 2 years later and we now have several rooms with network points in every desk in order for them to actually use the things

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